Lauded for its success in stemming COVID-19, Germany suffered a setback this weekend as data revealed an uptick in the country’s basic reproduction number that may signal another lockdown.   The country’s coronavirus reproduction number climbed to 2.88 yesterday, meaning…

As governors, mayors, and public health leaders joined recent mass protests across the US, some critics have cried foul—charging them with hypocrisy and political motivations for suddenly downplaying the importance of aggressive social distancing, The Washington Post…

Lockdowns are winding down even as coronavirus cases continue to rise in at least 20 US states, NPR reports. And the US has now reached 2 million confirmed cases—a chilling milestone.  

Europe has a roadblock in its quest for pharmaceutical self-sufficiency: a reliance on American blood plasma.   Blood plasma is a crucial element in developing drugs, and that includes experimental COVID-19 treatments.   But while US donors are paid for donating blood used…

Shutdowns potentially blocked 530 million COVID-19 infections in 6 countries including the US and China, The Washington Post reports, citing a study preview Nature published today.

As COVID-19 cases spiral in India, even those seeking private care—which usually buffers the dilapidated public health system—are struggling to secure hospital beds, Reuters reports.  

The Washington Post’s Stephanie McCrummen ventured this weekend into a wealthy area of shops, bars, and restaurants in Alpharetta, Georgia. She found mostly unmasked and unworried people “eating, drinking, touching and throwing caution to the wind.” Some quotes she gathered:

Brazil is on its way to becoming the next epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic.   Latin America’s largest country is still seeing an exponential increase in cases, suggesting the peak is yet to come, TIME reports.  

Venezuelans who fled their country’s economic collapse have returned home to escape Colombia’s strict coronavirus lockdowns, thinking they might be better off. Instead, hundreds have been met with dire conditions.   Venezuelan returnees reported being treated “like dogs”…

Long before COVID-19 hit, 70% of Syria’s health care workers fled the country’s civil war. Those who remain believe most critical coronavirus patients will die because of staffing shortages.     While experts are hesitant to draw projections for places as unstable as Syria—…